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July 2021 - Edition 4 
'Dost' is a befriending, wellbeing and signposting service for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the East Riding, Hull, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire areas.

We are funded by NHS Charities Together and supported by Health Stars, the charity for Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and The Health Tree Foundation, the charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Please note: ‘Dost’ is not an emergency service. In an emergency, always ring 999. For information on Urgent and Emergency Care services, please click
Make mine a double!
Welcome to the fourth edition of the Dost newsletter.

So much to celebrate, so much to be wary of, so much to keep working on. With lockdown restrictions eased off, now it’s time to keep that message going about vaccinations, social distancing, and common sense. Speaking of one of those, yours truly took full advantage of our amazing NHS and their pop-up vaccination centres and got double-jabbed (Pfizer, since you ask!) at St Stephens in Hull. The process took less than 20 minutes including standing in the queue and waiting the mandatory 15 minutes after your jab. Indeed, it’s so quick I didn’t even have time to grab a mid-jab selfie and had to resort to one after the shot. Such is life!

But in all seriousness, please take the time to read the NHS guidance, find your centre, book your jabs or just walk-in to a pop-up centre. Give us a ring if you’re not sure and we can help you out. It’s what dosts are for.

Don’t forget to check out our list of resources and events below - there’s always something interesting going on and we’d hate for you to miss out.

Elsewhere, racism reared its ugly head up yet again, this time following England’s heroic performances in Euro 2020. It’s incredibly important we know where to find support and how to stand up for what’s right. Interestingly, we at the Dost project had already been talking about issues such as allyship well before the Euros final and this is reflected in our discussion with Active Humber’s CEO David Gent - a brilliant friend of the project and one whose organisation has walked the walk in championing the efforts of our ethnically diverse communities.

Speaking of football, why not pop down to the upcoming HANA World Cup to enjoy some community sport and, most importantly, time outdoors. I’ll be on the sidelines to talk about our project and I’d love to speak with as many from our community as is possible. Come say hi! We’re all dosts here.

Bibhash Dash
BAME Wellbeing Coordinator
For mental health & wellbeing support and signposting services, please contact
Bibhash Dash, DOST Wellbeing Coordinator on:

Telephone: 01482 215929 (option 2).
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm.
Click here to access the referral form.
Out and about
The Dost project will be attending the upcoming Humber All Nations Alliance Football World Cup on 7th of August. Come visit our stall, say hi, and learn more about how we support our communities. For more information, check out the events listings further in this newsletter or simply email us.
Volunteering Opportunities 

We are always keen to hear from volunteers eager to make a difference to our BAME communities. If you would like to find out more about volunteering, please email us.
Anti-racism and Allyship

Racism continues to dominate much of the sporting and national consciousness in the UK and abroad. Smile Health’s BAME Wellbeing Coordinator Bibhash Dash chatted with Active Humber CEO David Gent about what good allyship entails and how sport is absolutely essential to leading the charge towards a more inclusive society.

Click the video to watch the extended interview. For the full transcript of the conversation, please click
here. For more information on Active Humber and their work, please click here
Introduction to Dr Archana Prabhu
(Consultant Anaesthetist at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby)

Hi, I'm Dr Archana Prabhu and I am a Consultant Anaesthetist at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby. I am excited to be a part of the 'Dost' project as a clinical lead liaison for the newsletter. I am originally from Mumbai, India, and moved to the UK in 1997 to pursue my postgraduate degree. In 2006, I began my role at Grimsby. I have always had a keen interest in community welfare both in the UK and in India. I've helped coordinate health awareness events as part of our NHS trust; I'm a keen member of the Hindu Cultural Society in Grimsby, and I've also helped run campaigns to support an orphanage in India providing care to young children affected by Covid.

Through the 'Dost' newsletter I'll be helping to bring forward many of my colleagues to talk about the various issues and concerns within our BAME communities and we hope it will be a useful source of information and support for the Humber region.
Collated resources about anti-racism

As the world continues to grapple with issues around racism, it’s important to realise that the conversation needs to start somewhere and anywhere possible. We've put together a list of cultural and literary works to get those conversations going at home, work, or anywhere that needs it. The key message is to get educated, gather information about the issues, and ultimately be part of the change that leads to a more equal society. Click here to access the list.

Like to contribute to this list? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Email us.
Free online support available for local men struggling with their mental health

Men aged 18+ living in North Yorkshire, York, Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire can now register to use Qwell for Men – a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed anywhere using a computer, smartphone or tablet device.

Qwell for Men, delivered by Kooth, the UK’s largest provider of online mental health services – has been commissioned for use by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. This marks the first time a digital mental health service has been commissioned specifically in response to male suicide. Read more.

To access Qwell, click here   |   View a video made with local men by clicking here.
Covid-19 Vaccine Updates

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.

The NHS has opened up vaccination appointments for all adults aged 18 and over meaning we are that much closer to achieving the much sought-after herd immunity. You can also access the jab through various pop up centres organised by the NHS.

Unsure? Why not email us on and we can guide you through the process. To book an appointment, please click here

Millions of people have had a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and the safety of the vaccines continues to be monitored. Reports of serious side effects are very rare. For more information on the development of the vaccines, please click here.
You could be spreading it without knowing

We’ve come a long way in our fight against #COVID19 but the virus still with us. Dr Amir Khan explains what we need to do to control the virus and keep life moving.
Humber Coast & Vale Online Survey

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership's VCSE Leadership Group and the Two Ridings Community Foundation wish to invite charities and community projects working with ethnically diverse communities in the York, North Yorkshire and Humber area to participate in an online survey. 

As a thank you for taking part, three participating organisations will be selected at random to receive a £100 donation for their charity. 

To access the survey, please click here. To read the full article, please click here

National Services, Resources, Support & Events News


Football World Cup

When? Saturday, 17th July 2021. 9am start
Where? University of Hull, Hull, HU6 7RX

For more information, click here.


When? 17-19 September
Where? Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TH

For more information, click here.



New resilience hub for health care workers and families

Humber, Coast and Vale Staff Resilience Hub

For more information and how to access their support click here.

HCV - Long Covid

If you’re experiencing symptoms of long-COVID our health, care and emergency service staff peer support group could help. You will have opportunities to seek support and ask questions to dedicated professionals. Register your interest by email

Your Wellbeing physical activity sessions

Set up to encourage and support the BAME communities in North Lincolnshire to get healthier and look after their wellbeing, by providing sporting sessions, events and Wellbeing activities.

For more information, click here.


Freedom Festival Hull

Friday, 20th August – Sunday 5th September
Where? Various locations. Check website for details

For more information, click here.


Navigo - Safespace

Safespace is an out-of-hours, open door crisis cafe where you can get instant and practical mental health support. There’s no need to call ahead. For full details please click here.

Safespace is a former NAViGO Project of the Year winner and a joint initiative with North East Lincolnshire Mind. We opened our doors in April 2019. For information on how to access the Safespace sessions online or face to face, contact the Dost Project.

Men’s cooking course

When? Sessions start Thursday 29th July, 11am
Where? 47-49 Queens Dock Ave, Hull, HU1 3DR

Sessions start 29th July. Email Carrie for more details. 

For more information, click here.


The Peasy Project

The Peasy Project is a project with The Love Tank in London and Yorkshire MESMAC in Hull.

For more information, click here.


Nafsiyat – BAME bereavement support

A national service offering intercultural therapy in multiple languages to people from diverse communities. For information on how to access the services, contact the Dost Project.
CAHN– BAME bereavement support

The Caribbean African Health Network are offering a tailored bereavement service for the Caribbean and African Community. Help can be accessed by email or by calling 07710 0223802.
We'd like to thank our partner NHS Trusts - the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust - for their support in producing this newsletter and we hope that our community will continue to make use of the amazing clinical and non-clinical support services available.
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